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Alumni/ae News Online May 2014

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Earl Vaughan '66 is retired and attends church at First Presbyterian Church, Fayetteville, NC where he sings in the chancel choir and in a male octet chorus known as “The Men of God.”

Jeff Aiken '69 has joined the board of directors of AllSpire Health Partners, a consortium of seven healthcare systems that includes 25 hospitals in the Northeast US which formed an alliance to build expertise in populations health management, while achieving the benefits of scale to reduce healthcare costs. He represents the Lehigh Valley Health Network in this venture where he serves as vice chair of the board of trustees.


Steve Rhodes '75 has a new book. What Might Not Be is a sequel to The Time I Didn’t Know What to Do Next. He ponders those moments and places where the possible rubs up against the unlikely, where the boundary between “is” and “might or might not be” becomes blurred. 

Walter Peters '78, '07 (DMin) retired as pastor of First Presbyterian Church, Westminster, MD.

Joanna Adams '79 was named the “2014 Woman of Achievement” by the YWCA of Greater Atlanta.



Ted Land '84 (DMin) is coordinating presbyter at Florida Presbytery and the interim pastor of First Presbyterian Church, Marianna, FL.

Jan Blissit '86, '91 (DMin) has finished her first book. Under My Robe: Holy and Irreverent Stories was published in March. 

Robert Montgomery '88 is pastor of First Presbyterian Church, Pulaski, TN. He recently spoke at the 200th annual meeting of the Rock Creek Bible Society in Lewisburg, TN.

Arvie Maynard '89 was recently featured in the Sunday Herald Dispatch, Huntington, WV in an article entitled “Young-at-Heart 87 year-old still happy on his Harley.”

Alan Wright '89 is pastor of Reynolds Presbyterian Church in Winston-Salem, NC.



Todd Jenkins '90 recently received the second place award from the Presbyterian Writers Guild’s First Book Award competition. Tuesday’s Muse, a book of poetry illustrated with black-and-white photographs, was self-published in 2013.

Mary D. D’Alessio '92 is pastor of Liberty Hill Presbyterian Church, Liberty Hill, SC.

Kelly Allen '92 is a candidate for moderator of the 2014 General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (USA). The election takes place in Detroit in June.

Joseph Dorociak '92 (DMin) is pastor of Barrington Presbyterian Church, Barrington, IL.

Ann Pitman '93 is interim pastor of First Presbyterian Church, Ashland, KY.

Dan Thornton '96 (DMin) recently returned from Paris, France, where he served as the visiting pastor of the American Church in Paris.

Jan Stewart-Tolbert '98 was recently honored with a reception at Carrollton Presbyterian Church celebrating her 10-year anniversary at the church.

Ralph Hawkins '99 is executive presbyter and stated clerk of Shenango Presbytery in New Wilmington, PA. 

Shannon '99 and Greg Kershner '99 have relocated to Chicago where Shannon is

pastor of Fourth Presbyterian Church.

Erin Sharp '99 is a resident in pastoral and relational counseling with the Samaritan Counseling Center of the North Shore.



David Hyers '01 and wife Mary Elizabeth are proud parents of a baby boy, Findlay Scott born April 27 in Troon, Scotland.

Agnes Norfleet '01 (DMin) is the preacher for the Sprunt Lectures May 5-7 at Union Presbyterian Seminary, Richmond, VA.

Pressley Cox '02 is stated supply pastor of Eastminster Presbyterian Church, Simpsonville, SC.

Dorie Griggs '02 is beginning a 1-year residency at Atlanta VA Medical Center.

Cindy Benz '03 is interim head-of-staff at First Presbyterian Church, Palatka, FL.

MaryAnn McKibben Dana '03 is a nominee for Vice Moderator of the 2014 General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (USA) when it meets in Detroit in June.

Kyle Goodman '04 and wife Michelle are proud parents of a baby girl, Maelyn, born April 9.

Susan Thomas '04 was ordained May 17 and is serving as pastor with Fairbanks Union, New Portland and North New Portland Community Churches in New Portland, ME.

Shannon '05 and Jonathan '04 Ball are proud parents of a baby boy, Charles Alexander, born March 23.

Tom Bryson '07 and wife Ashley are proud parents of a baby boy, Henry Hardin born March 24.

Elizabeth Gabbard '07 is interim chaplain at the University of the Ozarks and has entered the DMin program at McCormick Theological Seminary.

Kyongkuk Han '07 (ThM) successfully passed his PhD oral defense in preaching at Knox College, University of Toronto.

Jule Nyhuis '07 (DMin) is designated pastor of Hermitage Presbyterian Church, Hermitage, TN.

Catherine Cavazos Renken '07 and husband Brad are proud parents of Rylie Catherine Renken born April 25.

Scott Tucker '07 is development officer with the Saint Joseph’s Mercy Foundation in Atlanta, GA.

Sara Varnado '07 is parish associate at St. Mark’s Presbyterian Church, Altamonte Springs, FL.

Ryan '07 and Amy Baer '08 are proud parents of Joshua Charles born April 10.

Chip Pope '08 is associate pastor of youth and their families at White Memorial Presbyterian Church, Raleigh, NC.

Brian Coulter '09 is pastor of First Presbyterian Church, Aiken, SC.

Barrie Kirby '09 (DMin) has written a novel called No Such Thing as a Cherokee Princess which explores psychological, cultural, ethical and theological issues in a college setting.

Kathy Wolf Reed '09 and Nick Reed '07 are proud parents of Charles Edward Reed,

born February 27.

Betsy Turner '09 is contract call pastor at Luther Hays Presbyterian Church, Covington, GA.



Hamilton Barnes '10 and Carrie Bowers '11 (MDiv/MAPT) were married on May 3, 2014.

Catherine Foster '10 is associate pastor for mission and discipleship at Shallowford Presbyterian Church in Atlanta beginning June 2014.

Kati Salmons '11 married Robbie Collins on March 22, 2014 in Ponca City, OK.

D. C. Adams '12 is pastor of First Presbyterian Church, Harrison, AR.

Sandra McNeill Kern '12 (DMin) retired as pastor of Thyatira Presbyterian Church, Salisbury, NC.

Sheldon Steen '12 ('13 ThM) has been accepted into the doctoral program at Florida State

University and will begin fall of 2014.

Ken Hughes '13 (DMin) is pastor of Springville Presbyterian Church, Springville, KY.

Chris Vogado '13 was ordained March 2, 2014. Kally Elliott '04 preached at the service. Chris is pastor intern at Waverly Road Presbyterian Church, Kingsport, TN.

Rob White '13 and his wife Tracy have a baby girl Adalyn Elizabeth born April 1.


In Memoriam


Janie T. Barrows '88                     October 28, 2013

James H. Daughdrill '67               May 3, 2014             

Ellis B. Davis '84                             March 11, 2014

Dean V. Dubois '74                        November 2, 2013

Joseph C. Eckstine '51                 March 21, 2014

H. Thomas Foley '57                     February 28, 2014

Irwin P. Gates '84                            October 30, 2013

C. Patrick Griffin '67                       May 12, 2014

G. Barrett Gilmer '58                      September 21, 2013

Jack M. Kennedy '50                     February 24, 2010

William H. Morrison '56                 August 16, 2013

Andrew Ritchie '03 (DMin)            February 16, 2014

William T. Wing '47                      August 26, 2013